Now, as someone who doesn't spend much time on a bike and is pretty crap at riding them (I couldn't ride a bike without stabilisers until the age of nine. Nine!), I need all the help I can get to stay on the bloody thing. Which means that cycling whilst carrying my usual over-the-shoulder handbag isn't the way forward. This is why I have been searching last night, and today, for the perfect stylish backpack AKA something with two straps that doesn't make me look like a 14 year old foreign exchange student (why is it that you can spot them a mile off?). I also don't want something so big it makes me look like a suspected suicide bomber whilst riding the Metro, but it needs to hold all my touristy essentials.
THESE are what I have found so far...
The below are all from Topshop - I think number 2 is my favourite out of these:
1. Grey top-handle backpack, £34
2. Studded denim backpack, £35
3. Washed multi-zip backpack, £36
4. Black croc faux pony backpack, £70
From Accessorize, I rather like these, even the cheerful pink one, which wouldn't usually be my choice of colour:
5. Pink dotty rucksack, £32
6. Camel PU rucksack, £35
7. Swash buckle stripy rucksack, £32
New Look didn't have a huge selection of what I deem to be glam backpacks (if that's possible?!) - lots were of the teenage fashion/foreign exchange student variety - but I did like the following, and they (nearly) all have a cheaper price tag. What is a shame is the one from here that I really do like is 50 quid, and I think a tad overpriced:
8. Brown folk-print, £19.99
9. Brown leopard print, £19.99
10. 'What Kate Did Next' by Kate Sheridan Rose Print Backpack, £49.99
H&M online only had one backpack to choose from, but it is actually quite decent for a low-end store, and being black would prob go with everything:
11. Black tassle backpack, £14.99
Now Urban Outfitters is probably one of my favourite places to shop for clothes, so I wasn't surprised when they came up with the goods as far backpacks are concerned, albeit not a huge selection. Both ones that I've featured below are a decent size without being too huge:
12. Plain 'Around the World' backpack, £45
13. Tapestry backpack, £48
I'll have a think tonight about which one I'm going to go for, although I really like numbers 1, 7, 8 and 12- opinions welcome, as are links to other stores with great backpacks!